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8 Famous Bollywood Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

Published on 26 March, 2014 at 5:00 am By

A name-change can give positive, incredible results and profoundly alter your career, particularly if you are a celeb. The biggets testimony of this idea is our adored B-town personalities who prolifically bagged success after changing their name. Where some were superstitious and some numerology freaks, others wanted to just sound sexier!


Listed below are 8 famous Bollywood celebrities, who either dropped or added letters, or completely changed their names:

8. Rajinikanth

Like most other successful Bollywood celebrities, Rajinikanth too had to go for a name-change to make it big on the celluloid screen. Named Shivaji Rao Gaikwad by his Maratha parents, Rajinikanth struggled a lot in his life before coming into movies. After he made his debut as a hero, director K. Balachander gave him his stage name Rajinikanth. Loved by countless domestic and international fans for his unique style and screen appearance, Rajinikanth has done more than 150 movies in various languages.


7. Sridevi

One of the best South-Indian beauties who entered Bollywood in a classy manner, Sridevi hails from a completely non-filmy backdrop. Born in Tamil Nadu in 1963, she was named Sridevi Ayyapan by her parents but chose to hit the big screen as Sridevi only. Often referred to as ‘The First Female Superstar of the Indian Cinema,’ Sridevi made her debut in Hindi movies with the superhit film Julie. She enjoyed huge and continued success throughout her filmy career and is still appearing in selected new movies.


6. Madhubala

Regarded as one of the most beautiful ladies on silver screen, Madhubala not only dropped her surname, but actually changed her name completely. She was born on the Valentine’s Day in the year 1933 and named Mumtaz Jahan Begum Dehlavi. She became Madhubala right with the beginning of her reel life and made the most of her lopsided smile to earn a huge fan-following. Some of her outstanding movies such as Mughal-e-Azam, Mahal, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Mr. and Mrs. 55 proved to be a milestone for both her career and the Hindi film industry.

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5. Dharmendra

Regarded as the most handsome Bollywood actor at the peak of his career, Dharmendra was born in Punjab in the year 1935. Though he was named Dharam Singh Deol at the time of birth, the actor decided to be known as Dharmendra in the film industry. This ‘Macho Man’ of his times worked in as many as 247 Hindi movies and never fell short of name, fame and money.


4. Rekha

Synonymous to almost all complimentary expressions such as gorgeous, enigmatic and elegant, Rekha is probably the only Bollywood actress regarded as the ‘timeless beauty’ in Indian Cinema. Born to Gemini Ganesan and Pushpavalli, the popular Tamil actor and Telugu actress, respectively, Rekha was actually named Bhanurekha Ganesan. After entering films, she decided to replace her long and Godly name with the shorter, simpler and sexier name Rekha. Both her appeal and success in the industry prove her choice of name absolutely superb!

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3. Dilip Kumar

Popularly known as the ‘Tragedy King’, Dilip Kumar was one of the most successful Bollywood stars of his time. However, things were not that easy and favorable for him when he made his debut with Jwar Bhata in 1944. It was after changing his name from Muhammad Yusuf Khan that he shot to success and fame with some blockbuster hits of all time like Naya Daur, Devdas and Mughal-e-Azam.

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Dilip Kumar

2. Dev Anand

Not many people know that Devdutt Pishorimal Anand changed his name to get renowned as Dev Anand, the most admired actor of in the history of Hindi Cinema. The name change did work magic and he went on to become everything from a successful actor and writer to director and producer. His Bollywood career spanned over 65 glorious years wherein he acted in 114 Hindi (104 as solo lead hero!) and 2 English movies.

Dev Anand

1. Amitabh Bachchan

The most renowned name-change has to be megastar Amitabh Bachchan, born Amitabh Srivastav in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. After appearing with his original name in Saat Hindustani, his first film that turned out to be miserably unsuccessful, Amitabh decided to make some changes to his name. To his own and everybody’s great wonder, he took his direct flight to success after replacing his surname ‘Srivastav’ with ‘Bachchan.’ Ever since, Big B never looked back and has won as many as 192 awards in different categories!


Amitabh Bachchan


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